Indianapolis, IN – March 9, 2010 – Evanced Solutions will unveil a prototype of its new BranchAnywhere library vending system at the Public Library Association Conference, March 23-27, 2010 in Portland, Oregon.
The U.S. designed and manufactured system allows libraries to provide books and audiovisual materials in convenient locations without the space and cost associated with constructing a traditional library branch or building.
The new library vending system will be powered by an industrial multi-axis robot typically used in manufacturing plants. The robot will deliver library materials to patrons from storage shelves in the machine. It also re-shelves those same materials to the machine when returned by the patron for check-out by the next person.
"We chose a robot as the heart of the machine because they are much more robust and reliable than other solutions. It’s the perfect low maintenance answer for this application," says Evanced CEO Todd Cutler.
The machine will be able to hold various size books (including picture books and large hard-cover books) in addition to DVDs and other audiovisual materials. It will operate 24/7 with little to no staff intervention and connects to most common library catalog systems.
Evanced partnered with two other Indiana-based companies to deliver this new product – Central Technology, a producer of library self-check kiosks, and Biehle Systems, an industrial machine systems company. The machines, which will be manufactured at Biehle’s plant in southern Indiana, will be available the second half of 2010.
Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Evanced Solutions offers software and dedicated service for libraries of all types and budgets. Online tools include event calendaring with online registration, meeting room booking, summer reading management, and library materials vending all designed to better attract and engage the communities libraries serve. For a free webinar and for more information on Evanced Solutions and their products, visit www.evancedsolutions.com or call (888) 519-5770.